Hi Brittney + Brian,
It was great chatting with you today, thanks so much for taking the time out of your day to go over wedding details with me. I'm so excited for you that you have your venue officially chosen and you can really get into the rest of the planning. Your organization and attention to detail is going to go a long way towards making your wedding day fun, relaxed, and an amazing experience for both you and your guests - and so is your focus on selecting the right professionals to be a part of your vendor team. On the this page, I have included many sample photos, your proposed timeline, some tid-bits of info, and a link to your proposal. Enjoy!
YOUR VENUE - The Ritz Carlton, Sarasota
Your biggest decision is done! You've chosen to exchange your vows and celebrate with your loved ones at a The Ritz Carlton - a timeless location that will allow you and your guests to enjoy some of the best features of Sarasota.
“Tara was an absolute dream to work with...I have never felt 100% comfortable in front of the camera but Tara made taking these special photos come so easy and natural. When we got our wedding photos back I was truly blown away by how beautiful they were. She captured our special day in the most perfect way & I will forever be grateful.”
A Love Like Yours
Every time I photograph a wedding, I'm inspired in a different way. In part, this is due to differences in light, weather, & decor, but mostly - your personalities, your style, your connection...all of these things are unique to you, and your wedding photos will reflect that. Genuine connection combined with an understanding of light, an eye for composition, and attentiveness to the little moments are a recipe for bringing your vision to life and documenting your precious memories.
Your Photo Timeline
The following are basic timelines we spoke about.
2:00 Photo arrives (dress/flat-lay, getting ready, etc)
2:45 Bride gets dressed, Bridal Portraits, Groom Portraits
3:30 First Look and B&G Portraits
4:00 Bridal Party Portraits
4:30 Family Portraits
5:00 B&G refresh, decor photos
6:00 Cocktail Hour, large group photos, & Golden Hour/Sunset photos of B&G
Rain or Shine, Day or Night
Even if the weather isn't ideal, your photos will be amazing. I've photographed weddings in all sorts of weather conditions. I carry rain covers for cameras in my bag! And as much as I adore natural light, that's not going to help anyone when the sun goes down. That's why I've have worked hard to master off camera lighting for receptions and other very low light situations.
“Tara is a magician! Somehow she made my 'bad side' look like my 'best side' on our wedding day. No joke. She is so sweet and easy to work with. Almost a year later, I still go back and look at our wedding photos with awe. She perfectly captured the essence of our day in its true dream-like fashion.”
“Tara was a dream to work with! She mixes it up so that you get serious looking, playful, candid, etc. I am camera shy and have no idea what to do my body when posing. Tara has the perfect eye though! She gives great direction and knows exactly what looks good in a photo and what doesn't work. I literally do not have a single photo from her that I don't like. I tear up every time I look at them because it just reminds of such a perfect day & she captured it beautifully! I could not have asked for more...”
Something I am really proud of is what I offer in terms of second photographers. You won't be getting some random local photographer I hire at the last minute, but rather someone I have personally trained. Currently, I have two regular second photographers who have worked with me for ten years and ad so much value for my clients!
Indoors at the Ritz
Hallways, conference rooms, and suites can all be great spaces for some of your photos before the ceremony. These would include getting ready photos, dress and flat lay, bridal portraits, and potentially family photos and Bride & Groom portraits. There are some photos included below of Bride & Groom portraits taken in a hallway at the Don Cesar, because we didn't;t do those at the Ritz wedding I photographed but these can give you an idea of what can be done.
Outdoors at the Ritz
The following are photos from bridal party photos taken before the ceremony, the ceremony, and daytime photos of the cocktail hour and reception/reception space.
Off Site Photos
Should you choose to use an off site location for First Look and/or Bride & Groom portraits before the ceremony, Selby or Bayfront Park can be good options.
Candids and Reception
Years of experience allows us to anticipate the moments when we will be able to capture an incredible authentic reaction in your and your guests' facial expressions. Often, the little moments happening to the side of the main focus are just as memorable - your mom's reaction to a funny revelation in the Best Man's toast, your Maid of Honor wiping away a tear as you say your vows, guests enjoying the fun things you've planned for them, or a couple sneaking a snuggle as they soak up the romantic vibes and maybe imagine themselves in your shoes one day. Weddings are about so much more than the obvious, and we strive to make sure that is reflected in our images.